A MUST for Tiger’s fans! Internationally recognized Comerica Park in downtown Detroit would be a great choice for a fun shoot, for so many reasons. The giant tiger out front is great for Bridal Party shots. Always make sure to check the Tigers game schedule ahead of time, if there is a game it can make parking difficult and your photos will include Tigers fans in the background. Comerica Park offers a great flavor of Detroit!
2100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ballpark/
Joe Louis Arena
Home of the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena stands along the banks of the Detroit River. A nostalgic location for all Detroit Red Wing fans, the Joe Louis Arena is one of our Detroit bride favorites.This location offers the flexibility to take both iconic shots with the Joe Louis and Hockeytown signs, as well as sneak a few pictures with the waterfront. Wedding photography in front of this location is limited as 2017 marks the “Farewell Season” for the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena.
19 Steve Yzerman Dr, Detroit, MI 48226 http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/joe-louis-arena
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
Walking the grounds will take you on a romantic stroll back in time to a magic age in Detroit’s history. The photos will be one of a kind and truly unique. Popular locations include the covered bridge, train, Lovett Hall & Model T cars. Bridal parties that are hosting their reception on the grounds can arrange to be escorted around the property for photos in a Model T. This is also a great location for engagement photos!
20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI (313) 982-6001 www.thehenryford.org
Belle Isle is the only place you can get a photo with an awesome view of Detroit from the water in the background. The Casino on Belle Isle is absolutely elegant with its beautiful early 1900’s charm and the architecture it is truly stunning. Remember, this is now a state park so all vehicles are required to have a recreational passport sticker or purchase a day pass. If you plan to shoot at the casino, it is best to call and confirm there are no private events taking place.
East Jefferson and East Grand Blvd Detroit, MI (313) 396-0217
The area behind the Renaissance Center consists of a great old-style carousel. In the carousel, there is a popular heart piece that couples often choose to sit in that is truly unique and beautiful. Another neat feature is the walk-through fountain. This is often popular with bridal parties who are hoping to get some really fun action shots. During the summer though, be aware that there will be local kids and residents playing in the fountain. There are also many interesting and iconic architectural pieces and easily accessible landmarks.
Detroit Riverwalk, Detroit, MI 48243 (313) 566-8200 http://www.detroitriverfront.org
Woodward Avenue has some pretty cool spots including the Fox Theater and Hockeytown Cafe. Photographers are known to stop traffic in these locations to get the perfect shot…often while standing in the middle of Woodward! This location has Detroit pride and history all over it. It is a landmark of Detroit and has a great downtown feel.
Hockeytown Cafe 2301 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI (313) 471-3400 http://www.hockeytowncafe.com
2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI (313) 471-3200 http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Hart Plaza Named after Senator Philip A. Hart, this plaza hosts some of Detroit’s most popular events. Included in the plaza are displays of public art, an ice rink and several amphitheaters. This location offers many opportunities for wedding photos and it is also the #1 spot for watching fireworks in Detroit. Hart Plaza is an iconic stretch and is becoming more and more popular for both engagement and wedding pictures.
1 Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 877-8057
Old Detroit Train Station
The Detroit Train Station is a vintage ruin that stands tall and proud in the Detroit skyline . It is truly a relic of Detroit. The station was constructed in the Beaux- Arts Classical style of architecture. This would be a beautiful, historic backdrop for your pictures. A popular shot taken here is to have the entire bridal party on the front lawn with the building in the background. Entry into the building is not permitted as it is not structurally sound or safe.
2405 West Vernor Highway Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Institute of Arts
Located on Woodward, the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) is one of gems of downtown. There are fountains, structures and the front steps just to name a few places where you could get pictures taken. There is also a beautiful wrought iron gate. The overall feel of the DIA is very high class and sophisticated. Another bonus of shooting here would be that you could possibly head over to the Detroit Public Library (across the street) and get some pictures taken on the 3rd floor over there. There are some restrictions (no flash, no patrons in pictures) in the library, but you would get a lot of options within a small area.
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 833-7900 http://www.dia.org
Downtown Rochester is filled with adorable shops and some great back alleys that all make interesting potential backdrops for your pictures. The Rochester Mills Brewery is a very welcoming local pub that makes for great photos with its all brick exterior and great lighting. This brewery is a fun option for bridal or engagement pictures. In the winter each shop in Downtown Rochester is draped in twinkling, colorful lights. This is an easily accessible location with many options and is off the beaten path so you won’t have to worry about fighting crowds or having multiple bridal parties.
400 Water St Ste 101 Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 650-5080